In the discussions here someone said "we have only one Earth, so our resources are
finite and the growth must end one day FOREVER". We must stop the growth, because
it is not sustainable. These malthusian ideas were revived in 1972 by the famous
book "Limits of Growth".
How narrowminded! Why don't you ever raise your head on a cloudless night? You will
see countless stars shining above. This is the future of our species.
There are no "Limits to Growth". The 1972 book by the Club of Rome is just a bad
piece of fiction. A Jehovist doomsday rant.
To me it seems, that the environmentalists are a bunch of scared pessimists. They
have no vision. They say, we must stop growth, because it brings problems. They give
up, when our industrial revolution hits the very first environmental obstacle. Come
on. Cheer up!
It reminds me of a scene from the commedy "Hot Shots 2". The hero is trying to liberate
a kidnapped scientist Dexter (played by Rowan Atkinson) from a POW camp. And Rowan
says weeping: "Sadly, I cannot go with you. It is hopeless. They tied the laces of
my shoes together."
Such trivial obstacles must not stop us!
No no limits, we'll reach for the sky!
No valley too deep, no mountain too high
No no limits, won't give up the fight
We do what we want and we do it with pride
GROWTH FOR THE SAKE OF GROWTH
Yes, we could give up and stop growing. But such existence is pointless. To live
just to survive to the next day like the rainforest savages? Moving in circles? What
is the meaning? Sitting on your hands for the rest of eternity?
We must keep the growth of population and production. The ULTIMATE PURPOSE of existence
is to grow. Read Richard Dawkins - he defines life as a "self-replicating entity".
A replicator. Which means, that those, who are against Growth, are against life itself.
Edward Abbey once said, that "growth for the sake of growth" is the philosophy of
a cancer cell. He apparently knew very little about biology. Growth is the basic
attribute of all life forms, for God's sake!
Gladly, we can keep growing, because our resources are NOT LIMITED. An endless source
of solar energy is right above your head. It has been powering Earth vegetation for
billions of years. And it can power our machines for eternity.
And another almost endless source of materials is under your feet.
The resources inside our own planet are unimaginable. We have just only scratched
the surface of the Earth crust. We have not yet really started the real drilling.
And we are able to drill deeper. The Kola superdeep bore in the USSR was a pioneering
experiment and they got 8 km deep. (http://thexodirectory.com/2009/02/kola-superdeep-borehole-worlds-deepest.html).
The whole planet we sit on is made of various minerals and metals we can use. Plenty
of stuff for millions of years of industry maybe.
I would also like to point out, that the estimates of "how much tin we have left"
(as an example) are pointless, because they are based on the "so far discovered reserves".
But since we do not know how much reserves we will discover in the future, the predictions
are worthless. Let me give you a test question: How much tin is 35.3 km below the
Earth surface? You do not know, of course. Never been there.
In 1972 the "Limits to Growth" prophecy predicted we run out of tin by 1987, out
of zinc by 1990 and petrol by 1992. Haha.
And if your protest against the idea, that we should plunder our Earth even deeper
than now, hear this. Earth has no purpose. Its only meaning is to serve to us and
our growth. Things have value only if there is a someone, who uses them.